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The Breakthroughs in Learning Blog
"Close the door."
"In or out! Make up your mind."
"You are letting the cool air out."
I can remember my mom saying these things all summer to my siblings and I. The funny thing is.... now my mom's voice is coming out of my mouth. Oy! Summer is officially here. There are times when we will need to tidy up the house or prepare meals and hope that our children keep themselves somewhat occupied, but let's invest some of this summer in physical activity with our children.
We are often asked by parents what summer activities we would recommend. The summer is an ideal time to be making an impact on brain skill development. When the brain is not being taxed by the work and pressure of school, it can develop rapidly. Our top recommendations include reading, some excellent brain developing games, reading, activity workbooks like our Brain Boosters, Puzzlemania, Lumosity, reading and various kinds of physical activities and did I mention reading? Next week we will launch our Top 10 Educational Game Guide which will help make this summer one to remember.
This month we are talking about reading, specifically looking at eye tracking and associated dysfunctions. Last week we talked about two types of eye tracking: fusion and pursuit. This week’s topic is often confused with poor eye tracking, but is in fact, very different. Let's take this opportunity to clarify those differences.
This month our focus is on reading and the critical role that eye tracking plays. Today I would like to bring your attention to the different ways your eyes track and work together as a team. Eye tracking affects just about every area of our lives, from reading to driving, to sports and more.
This month our focus is on getting early access to help or interventions. Far too often we see children, and even adults, who have struggled for years before getting help. Our goal is that by getting children help sooner, we can limit the emotional toll, stop developing behavior issues, and prevent negative attitudes toward school. It’s tough to get excited about going to school when school leaves you feeling like a failure.
One of the questions we hear on a regular basis is "How do I know if my child needs help?" Today we are going to start answering that question for the early years. Over the next few weeks we will specifically look at older children as well. When looking at children in the Preschool and Junior Kindergarten level, these are some of the areas that could raise concern:
What thoughts or images come to mind when the subject of bullying is raised?
Perhaps... it's that girl on the bus that always has her head down avoiding eye contact. It's the boy that pulls vanishing acts and is out the door before the bell stops ringing. It's the child that eats their lunch by the locker or in the hall because they don't want to risk spending time in the cafeteria. Statistics indicate that we have all seen or experienced a similar scenario.